Ross Ragland News

September 3, 2015 — by: Marketing Team
Categories: Community Opportunities

Learning Forward

Join RRT Executive Director, Mark McCrary and Trish Seiler of Seiler Consultants as they conduct  a series of workshops designed to help you raise the bar in your nonprofit organization.

Learning Forward will give you the tools you need to succeed in leading your nonprofit organization. This series of workshops takes you from the “why” of starting a nonprofit (a great refresher if you are already a 501(c)(3)) to the “whats” and how to implement strategies for success. Take-aways include concrete strategies, sample forms and every day guides to help keep you learning forward to succeed as a nonprofit leader, whether as paid staff or volunteer. From the first day, each of your workshops builds on one another and prepares you for the next. Built upon Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Management Excellence, this academy is designed for new executives and board members  as well as those with experience who want a refresher on managing and maximizing your organization’s capacity.

Workshops are on Saturday afternoons from 1-4 pm and will be limited to 30 participants. The fee for the entire Academy is the reasonable cost of $199— get up to three members of your organization together, including board members and other staff, and the group fee is $549 (a $50 discount!). 

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January 28, 2015 — by: Marketing Team
Categories: Up-Coming Events, Entertainment

Blurb-starshipThe Ross Ragland Theater is excited and proud to present Rock and Roll legend, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas on February 2015 at 7:30 p.m. 

This legendary band out of San Francisco almost needs no introduction, having had a hand in shaping rock and roll music for nearly four decades but many may remember that Starship rose out of the shadow of their parent group Jefferson Starship (and Jefferson Airplane before that).  
“I’m really excited about this show,” says RRT executive director, Mark McCrary, “Not only is the band known for putting on a great show, how often does one get to meet the band they idolized in college?”

Indeed, that is likely how many of us feel about Starship, as the band provided the talent behind some of the most iconic songs of the 20th century including, “We Built This City," "Sara," "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" and “Set the Night To Music.”

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January 28, 2015 — by: Marketing Team
Categories: Community Opportunities, Up-Coming Events, Entertainment

The Ross Ragland Theater is proud to present Kiss Me Kate, the 2015 Winter Community Musical, opening Thursday, January 22 and running through Sunday, February 1, 2015. In total, the all-local cast will present six evening shows on January 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, and 31 @ 7:30 p.m. and Two Sunday matinees on January 25 and February 1 @ 2 p.m.

Kmk9 Kmk8 Kmk6 Kmk7 

 

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January 28, 2015 — by: Marketing Team
Categories: Community Opportunities, Event Re-cap

The Ross Ragland Theater is excited to ring in the new year with world-class pianist Rufus Choi on Thursday, January 8, 2015. 

When Rufus Choi graduated Julliard School his professors declared him a, “brilliant pianist with big technique, wonderful tone, a natural musicality and deep understanding of the composer’s intent,” and a “real virtuoso pianist who can play any repertoire he desires.” 

Since then he has literally taken the world by storm, playing solo recitals in concert halls from Carnegie Hall in New York to the National Chiang Kai-shek Concert Hall in Taipei and everywhere between. Choi feels that his American birth and Korean heritage have imparted an international aura and underlying wanderlust to his musical career.  Perhaps this would explain why he has racked up international acclaim, diplomas, prestigious contest titles and honors from Germany to Austria, Russia to Korea and more.  Notably, he was recently added to the distinguished roster of Steinway Artists.

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December 16, 2014 — by: Crystal Muno
Categories: Up-Coming Events, Arts Education, Entertainment

Blurb-alley-catsThe Ross Ragland is proud to present the Alley Cat’s Christmas Show on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. 

The Alley Cats started when four friends created an a capella group at Fullerton College in California.  In the late 80s they landed their first professional job at Disneyland and soon became a national sensation performing on TV, radio shows, at corporate events, Performing Arts Centers, fairs, festivals, schools, and even aboard the John C. Stennis aircraft carrier welcoming troops home from Iraq. The Cats also hold the privilege of being the standing opening act for Jay Leno in Las Vegas.  

Today, the four original Alley Cats are joined by over 20 more Cats, allowing them to break off into smaller groups and spread their unique blend of amazing a capella voices and humor to even more places.  

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October 28, 2014 — by: Marketing Team
Categories: Up-Coming Events, Entertainment

Blurb-cinderellaStart your holiday season off at the Ross Ragland with a beautiful ballet retelling of Cinderella, Sunday November 9, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. 

The acclaimed Eugene Ballet begins their 35th performance season with ballet’s epic story of transformation. Toni Pimble's original choreography and Prokofiev's beautiful score bring this fairy tale to life. With something for everyone—romance, comedy, fantasy, new shoes and, of course, those mean step sisters — many feel that Cinderella is one of the greatest ballets of all time. 

The Ross Ragland Theater often brings the Nutcracker to the Basin, however this year executive director, Mark McCrary felt that it was time to bring a different story to life, “Cinderella is another classic ballet intertwined with a classic fairy tale. The magic will continue to inspire audiences in the Basin.”

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October 28, 2014 — by: Marketing Team
Categories: Up-Coming Events, Arts Education, Entertainment

Blurb-wind-syncThe Ross Ragland Theater is proud to host North America’s foremost emerging wind quintet, Windsync, Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as, “revolutionary chamber musicians,” WindSync has been recognized internationally for dramatic and adventurous programming in venues ranging from concert halls to museums, universities and schools.  The young, energetic group plays exclusively from memory, enabling them to include elements of staging and choreography.  Their concerts focus on building connections with audiences through dynamic programming and charismatic stage presence. 

In addition to the group’s dedication to present professional and energetic classical performances around the country, these five young musicians are strongly committed to educational enrichment and promoting arts engagement.  They have presented educational presentations to the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington and many others. They also perform recitals, workshops and master classes all around the country.

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October 28, 2014 — by: Marketing Team
Categories: Behind the Scenes, Entertainment

As we plan the 2015-16 Season, we're interested in knowing what it is YOU would like to see here at the Ross Ragland Theater and Cultural Center.  

Take this super short quiz (no really, it's just three questions!) to help us bring quality Arts to the Basin!  

*Please note, that the survey will no longer be visible once it has been completed with your computer. 

 

 

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October 24, 2014 — by: Marketing Team
Categories: Up-Coming Events, Behind the Scenes

Blurb-alley-catsIt has come to our attention here at the Ross Ragland that we have the opportunity to offer a free Educational Outreach opportunity to Basin youth if the Alley Cats' Christmas Show (originally scheduled for Saturday, December 20th) were to be held on a school day.  

As providing quality Arts Education is a key element in the Ross Ragland’s Mission, this is an opportunity that we’re loathe to pass up.  As a result, we have changed the date of the performance to Thursday, December 18, 2014.  The time remains at 7:30 p.m.  

We know this may cause an inconvenience for those of you who have already purchased tickets but we are dedicated to making the process as hassle-free as possible.  As of right now, your tickets & seats have been transferred to the new date.  If you are satisfied with that solution, you do not need to do anything.  However, if you are unable to attend on December 18, contact Box Office Manager, JerriAnn Holdaway, at your earliest possible convenience.  She will help you exchange your Alley Cats tickets for comparable tickets to another show this season.  

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October 24, 2014 — by: Marketing Team
Categories: Up-Coming Events, Entertainment

Rocky-horror-posterThe Rocky Horror Picture Show returns to the Ross Ragland Theater Thursday, October 30 at 7 p.m. Normally part of the Ragland’s Monday Night at the Movies series, Rocky Horror deviates from the other shows this season not only by being on a Thursday (in order to be closer to Halloween) but also by offering goody bags, encouraging participation and holding costume contests.  


“This is one of my favorite events every season,” says Ross Ragland Executive Director, Mark McCrary, “It’s so fun to see how people really throw themselves into it!”  
Indeed, Rocky Horror has gained a reputation for having a bizarre and extremely devoted fan base since its 1975 release.  It has been cited by some cinema experts and critics as the penultimate cult classic movie.  Costumes, props, “call-backs,” singing, dancing and shadow acting are the norm when attending a showing.  Some cities even have theaters dedicated entirely to the film and the audience participation with which it has become synonymous.


In order to participate in the Sweet Transylvanian fun, the Ross Ragland will offer goody bags for $5 each.  Each bag is filled with the necessary props to use for standard call-backs including rice, toast, a newspaper, a water gun, a flashlight, cards and a noisemaker.  

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